CCTV surveillance has become a common feature of our daily lives. We are caught on numerous CCTV cameras as we move around our towns and cities, visit shops and offices and travel on the road and other parts of the public transport network.
Whilst the use of CCTV continues to enjoy general public support, it necessarily involves intrusion into the lives of ordinary individuals as they go about their day to day business.
It is estimated that 80% of CCTV installations are of poor quality and an even higher percentage of systems fail to comply with the Information Commissioners Office CCTV code of practice. Although it is not often realised domestic CCTV needs to comply with this COP.
Things to consider when deciding on a CCTV system:
- What is the purpose for using CCTV, what benefits can be gained from it use?
- Do you need images of identifiable individuals?
- What are the views of those who will be under surveillance?
- Who will take responsibility for the installed system?
There are numerous other items to consider before exploring which equipment is best suited for any particular environment. For example live images can often be very different to recorded images and although most cameras have the facility to record sound audio recording is highly intrusive and unlikely to be justified.
As a NACOSS approved installer of security systems our CCTV system designers ensure that our installations meet all of the relevant standards and codes of practice.